It is the nature of Kiwis, even Christians, to fervently wish for the defeat of Australia on the sporting fields of our dreams. Yesterday, however, a great and wonderful Kiwi dream died: our dream of being the world champions of cricket. To make the dashing of the dream more painful we need to acknowledge the following facts:
- we were playing Australia in the final
- we did not play well
- Australia bowled outstandingly and batted assuredly
- the better team won and (noting form all summer, save for a narrow loss to NZ a few weeks ago) is the BEST team in the world.